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Gradovich Shocks Billy Dib To Capture The IBF Crown

By Luis Sandoval

MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut - The IBF Featherweight title exchanged hands as Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8KOs) pulled an upset over Billy Dib (35-1, 21KOs) over 12 rounds to scored a split decision with scores of 114-112 for Dib and 114-112 twice for Gradovich.

Gradovich’s work rate and aggressive style became problematic for Dib who was outworked for most of the fight. The fight proved to be a rough and rugged fight with points being deducted for holding from both fighters. The man they called the “Mexican Russian” prevailed.

MORE TO COME ON THE MAIN EVENT...................

In Welterweight action, prospect Jimmy Williams (2-0, 0KOs) dominated Raynard Younger (0-2) over 4 rounds to earn the second victory of his career with a unanimous decision. Williams pressed the action and let his hands go but Younger seemed content in simply surviving as his offense was nonexistent.  All 3 judges scored it a shutout for Williams with scores of 40-36.

Willie Nelson (20-1-1, 12KOs) continued the theme of the night and stopped Michael Medina (26-4, 19KOs) in the very first round of their bout. Nelson started off working behind his jab as Medina tried to get inside on his taller opponent. As Medina tried to attack the body Nelson landed a hard counter right hand that dropped Medina. Medina would beat the count but another straight right hand put him down again as the fight was waived off by the referee.

Rapper turned promoter 50 Cent’s night got off to a good start as newly signed junior welterweight Luis Olivares, who was making his pro debut, scored a first round stoppage over Rafael Munoz (1-2, 0KOs) in the opening bout of the ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast. It didn't take long for Olivares to make the wild swinging Munoz pay for his recklessness as he hit him with a monster left hook that dropped him. Munoz would beat the count only to be put down a second time by another left hook as the referee waived the fight off. 

MORE LIVE RESULTS TO COME..................

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Yakushev on 03-02-2013

Dib is fu...ing spoiler

Comment by AM Boxing5 on 03-02-2013

Billy Dib is a great fighter.

Comment by Thickear on 03-02-2013

Does this mean Dib will now have to settle for being rated below Willie Pep on the immortals list?

Comment by Cinci Champ on 03-02-2013

better start using mayweather's name little more to stay relevant in boxing 50.

Comment by Young Money on 03-02-2013

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